director: Tomislav Mršić   
Croatia, 107 minutes   

30th European Union Film Festival    
ByTowne Cinema, 325 Rideau Street   
Wednesday, November 25, 2015, 6:55pm
Small town, local theatre productions can be utterly delicious in their awfulness. Now imagine such a venture featuring a band of Croatian misfits stumbling to produce a western play.
Not as far fetched as it sounds.
Westerns are huge in eastern Europe, and the most famous book/movie/tv series, Winnetou was filmed in the Croatian mountains.
Not as slapsticky as it sounds.
Inspite of the cast of colourful characters, the humour is subtle, and drole, in need of a rimshot or two. “Cowboys” perfectly apes the agonizing process of creating art from deep within. A process that opens up complex avenues well worth traversing.
Not as complicated as it sounds.
A play is busy berthing, while a director is busy dying, characters are busy evolving, and everything makes a weird kind of sense in the end.

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